[Amps] Alpha mania

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Mon Feb 3 09:45:18 EST 2003

I conducted a telephone survey of computerized Alpha owners and found 
that roughly 40% of owners had to return theirs for factory repair.  
Strangely, all tubes that were damaged were replaced gratis -- even if 
they were out of warranty.  

>I have been watching all of this buzz over the computer controlled amplifier 
>which seems to be controlling its owner.
>Seriously, though, having never been a commercial amp owner I am not well in 
>touch what the market offers those of you who do buy amps. The impression I 
>am getting about this situation is as follows. What am I missing?
>First, out here, and actually in many places in this country, the line 
>voltage regularly jumps around by 10-15% for short and medium terms. Are you 
>telling me that after this company charges you several killobux for this 
>deluxe design wonder, it is going to groan, go to sleep or even worse 
>the line voltage varies as we all KNOW it will? Would it be asking too much 
>of them to include some friendly internal compensations for 10-20% 

A $6 rheostat adjustment would have taken care of the heater V issue.  
>Also, I can offer the following additional observation with some authority. 
>For about an additional $10 (approx.) they could provide a full alphanumeric 
>message display, which could sit there and constantly roll the stored fault 
>codes in what is called "billboard mode". Again, greed wins out.
My take is that hubris was a factor.

cheerz, Eric.

>Eric von Valtier K8LV

-  R. L. Measures, a.k.a. Rich..., 805.386.3734, AG6K, 

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